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MV council adopts rent dispute ordinance, despite reservations

Despite criticism that it lacked teeth, the Mountain View City Council approved last week a second reading and adoption of a controversial program aimed at resolving rental-housing disputes between tenants and landlords.

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alwa...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Work would be great if it weren't for the people

Jean on the Job

Have you heard the sentiment in this title before? "I sure could get some work done if it weren't for the people around me." Or "I do just fine when no one interrupts me ... or interferes ... or wants information ... or suggests anything ... or wants it their way."

There is a new book out by Ronna Lichtenberg, called "Work Would Be Great If It Weren't For the People." Cleverly, she included a jacket undercover which you can switch if the boss comes along. Dan O'Donnell, my Rotary colleague, loaned me the book. The inside cover is called "Another Great Day at the Office; Winning Strategies for Working with the Wise and Wonderful."

Of course, it is easier for some people to work alone. They seem to think it is more efficient just to make one decision - not a consensus one, or a majority one or a democratic one. If you find yourself bothered by the people around you, take a look at your working style. If you do live in a collaborative world that requires cooperation and sharing data, it is as important to learn to get along with your colleagues as it is to learn the content and processes of your tasks.

The triple trap for the introverted worker is 1.) that his internal processing slows down or masks the big picture for others; 2.) He doesn't really want to explain the way his mind works; and 3.) He feels frustrated by having to process out loud.

I hear too late: "But we told John to make people as important as his projects." John didn't get it. He saw his colleagues as interference and he just couldn't accept that two or 12 heads were better than his own. Brainstorming does take time. Persuading others does take time. Compromising does take time. Being a good listener does take time. In the long run, however, a cooperative project or decision is more efficient. You get consensual buy-in. Everyone knows why you have made the decision. Everyone knows how the decision came about. Nearly everyone will want to cooperate with the decision, even when it was not his or her own idea.

Without consensual decisions, your ideas must withstand the backlash, sabotage, and the misunderstanding around it, and the possible multiple directions which an unclear goal creates.

If you don't love working with people, ask others to try to understand your impatience. This means explaining yourself, of course. The very thing you hate to do! But do it anyway. Sit folks down and tell them what an independent thinker you are and ask them to be patient with your frustration. You can even ask to have your own way now and then, just for the heck of it. Encourage others to remind you when you seem to be doing solo again, and ask them to give you updates on how you are doing.

Jean A. Hollands, CEO, Growth & Leadership Center, was voted Business Woman of the Year in 1986 and 1996. Write to GLC, 1451 Grant Road, Mountain View, 94040.

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